Free​/​bifteck

by Etienne Brunet

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Etienne Brunet : alto sax, harmonica, bass clarinet, construction, deconstruction and conceptualization of mixing/sampling

PLUS (the seven duos recorded in Paris - october 96/june 1997)
Daunik Lazro : alto & baryton saxophone (recorded at Bimbo Tower)
Daniel Mille : acordion (recorded at Bimbo Tower)
Thierry Madiot : trombone & bass trombone (recorded at Bimbo Tower)
Erick "funka" Borelva : drums (recorded at Bimbo Tower)
Camel Zekri : guitar (recorded at Miroir de Ménilmontant)
Hubert Dupont : double bass (recorded at Miroir de Ménilmontant)
Fred van Hove : church organ (recorded at Eglise St-Germain-des-Près)

PLUS (special guest)
Julien Blaine : voice (1-10 tracks)
Thierry Negro : bass (3-10 tracks)

recorded and mixed by Patrick Mulller
at La Rotonde & Le Moulin de Ventabren (France)
produced by Benjamin Barouh
mastered by Jean-Pierre Chalbos at Studio La Source (Paris)
Photos by Akiko
Designed by Phong Luong Dien
first issue : Saravah SHP 7

B/Free/bifteck is a virtual in studio attempt to recapture the energy of the seventies. This music's dialectic in the video-crime-night-watch where every cow is gray, is composed and decomposed from recordings of seven duos of improvised music layered together in a final studio mix. I chose the mix, a choice among billions of possible combinations, because the mix is a sort of loom, the mix is the dreamt joy of this record, the mix is the final goal.

The making of the music pictures the indecision of techno-time and the fear of tomorrow. Wa are optimistic just from walking up alive each day. I heard this resonance at dawn in the Haute -Provence (France) at about five in the morning. Hundreds of birds, dogs, cows, sheep, frogs and other animals or insects all simultaneously greet the returning light. A new day begins. Each song is intersting individually. A very peculiar and very free harmony is created by their reunion. It's the prelude to a faun's matinee maybe sonn to be turned into beefsteack in the rifts of the food chain. The impossible melody of joy.

The piece is divided into three main parts. B/Free/Bifteck symbolizes the awakening of nature at the break of day as heard by a city-dweller. C/Free/Bifteck/Famtome conjures today's anguish in in the permanent tension of the free market. The ghosts of the past are forever hauting us. Seven Jungle Ladies is a metaphor of the conditioning of music cut into slices like a sampled animal body. Contamination Nation is a bonus track evoking death and disease in the real 20th century style. Built on the principles of an epidemic. It use Lapidary by Evan Parker witch alredy use Steve Lacy's Cryptosphere itself superimposed onto a Ruby Braff record. The lyrics borrow from Julien Blaine and John Giorno.

This CD was RECORD OF THE YEAR 1998 by the French newspaper "Jazz Magazine"

"The best free jazz disc produced in France in the last 30 years." Jean-Jacques Birgé / december 2013

"Rythmes, variations de densité, couleurs et méandres renvoient d'emblée à ce qu'on peut observer juste après une éruption volcanique." Jazz Magazine / Philippe Carles / may 1998

"Etienne Brunet continue d'occuper une place singulière dans les musiques actuelles." Le Monde / april 1998

"Etienne Brunet est un franc-tireur du saxophone jazz, partisan de l'ouverture d'esprit… on dépasse les histoires de styles, on revient à l'idée de cut-up." Vibration / Jacques Denis / june 1998

"Impressionnant. La théorie s'efface, la musique est là, dans l'instant. C'est à découvrir." Jazz Man / Sylvain Siclier / june 1998

"On peut parler d'une franche réussite. Etienne Brunet joue de la répétition altérée." Peace Wariors / may 1998

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released March 1, 1998

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Etienne Brunet Paris, France

saxophones,
bass clarinet,
harmonicas,
bagpipe
& electronics.
45 years of music.

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